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    Diet Club Newcomer Tips
    Louise_WebMD_Staff posted:
    In the past we had a Diet Club FAQ: we frequently referred newcomers to it-because it had some great tips, ideas for getting started, and information on just how diet clubs at WebMD work.

    Let's build a new one using this tip area (and be sure to vote saying it is helpful so it stays visible in the right side bar for new members.)

    Share your tips for new members-from how to feel comfortable as part of this support group to the tools you use and any thing that will help get the new members started on their road to a healthier lifestyle.

    I know you have tips-so hit reply and share.
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    fedupagain responded:
    Start slow and go easy on yourself. One thing/one rule at the time. 20 min of exercise-walking/bike for starters. Dont drive yourself crazy trying to lose everything at once. It is taking me over 2 years now but they say at least your skin has some time to get I hope:)
    Marci320 responded:
    My advice is:

    --Journal everything you eat every day.
    --Make small weight loss goals for yourself rather than always looking at the total amount you have to lose. The big picture can be overwhelming and discouraging.
    --Make note of and celebrate NSV's (non-scale victories). They help you keep going when the scale isn't cooperating.
    --Give yourself small rewards for reaching some of your goals. Every 10 pounds or so I get myself a little something like a new lipstick or nail polish, or an item of clothing on sale in a smaller size.
    --Don't beat yourself off for going off track. Just pick yourself back up and keep moving forward.
    --Stay involved on this board or whatever weight loss board you choose rather than simply lurking. It helps to have a place to go to where people understand what you are going through, have advice, tips, recipes, give you encouragement, etc.
    Louise_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Tools here at WebMD that can help you lose weight:

    Food and Fitness Planner - Does a quick calculation of your target daily intake and allows you to plan your meals and exercise for the day.

    Diet Health Check Find your target calorie intake, get suggestions on how to lose weight, identify your weight loss pitfalls and get tips for overcoming them

    BMI Plus Calculator This health and weight calculator that gives personal results on 6 different weight and fitness measurements. Whether you're just getting started or have already begun your journey, this calculator will help you understand your body's needs as your body changes for optimal personal success!

    Portion Size Plate We all think we can "eyeball" a portion but studies show that most people underestimate their portion size but more than half. That can add up when it comes to trying to lose weight.
    Louise_WebMD_Staff responded:
    1. Calories count-no matter what the diet you follow says-the only way to lose weight involves calories. Consume fewer calories than you need for activities of daily living in order to lose weight.

      Unless you have a super physical job-choose sedentary on the calorie calculator. That hour at the gym every day likely isn't burning as many calories as the machine says you burn. If you are losing too much weight eating at the sedentary calorie level-then add calories.

    2. Measure portions. A scale and measuring cups can tell you amazing things. Most people underestimate their portion size.

    3. Make changes slowly-don't decide that you want to lose weight so you won't eat anything you like until you lose all of the weight. Very few people stick to that type of diet and if they do-when they hit the magic number-the pounds fly back on with extra calories.

    4. Accountability-Post your DFJ (Daily Food Journal). Confess your slips, falls off the wagon, decision that dessert tasted better than healthy choices, and your success.

      The bravest, strongest, most beautiful people on these exchanges share not only their ups but their downs. Make it a habit to post daily or at least several times a week-even if you are having a horrible week or are super busy.
    Louise_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Newcomer FAQs

    How do I join a diet club?:
    There is nothing to "joining a diet club". Just introduce yourself and start posting.

    Do I need to follow a certain diet? No-We have members who follow a variety of approaches to shedding weight.

    You can learn the pros and cons of many diets by checking out the diets that interest you on the Diets A to Z page . Each diet listed has been evaluated by multiple health professionals.

    Most members follow a plan that simply controls calories, increases activity and changes the ways they think about food, exercise and healthy lifestyle.

    How do I find a buddy? Every member of the diet club is your buddy! All members lend each other support and accountability. Ask for help. Lend an ear. Encourage others and ask for encouragement.

    If you want to email with someone from the community-get to know us first. Then share an email address where someone can contact you off the diet club group. We recommend you use a "disposable" or junk email address. (There are services for this or you can get a gmail, yahoo or hotmail account for this purpose.) for this purpose-not your home or work email address. This keeps those email addresses from being gathered by spammers or by people you may not wish to have off the community contact with and if your home or work email address contains your full name-it may help protect your privacy.

    Who are the experts? There are no health professionals on the WebMD Diet Clubs. That said-every member of these communities knows the ins and outs of shedding weight.

    That said-related communities do have experts:

    Diet - Dr. Pam Peeke - an expert on diet and fitness and author of numerous books including Body for Life and Fit to Live.

    Fitness and Exercise - Rich Weil Rich Weil can answer all your fitness and exercise questions (though he will send you here for diet questions.)

    Food and Cooking - Elaine Magee , Dietitian- The Recipe Doctor. Elaine Magee can answer all of your questions about special diets, about how to substitute healthier foods in your diet, how to get your kids to eat healthy, how to find healthy fast food, restaurant portions and best of all-if you share a family favorite recipe-she can analyze it and help you "lighten" the recipe so that you can have your favorites and still eat healthy.

    She has written may books including "Tell me what to eat if I have IBS", "Tell Me What to Eat if I have Acid Reflux" and "Food Synergy" as well as cookbooks like "Comfort Food Makeovers."
    beachgg replied to Louise_WebMD_Staff's response:
    Oh this sounds wonderful- wish I had found you months ago--this is GREAT for me as I have suppressed immune system and should not go out into crowds-- or be around sick people with colds and the like-- It will take time to search all the info here--almost like a college course -- I am so looking forward to checking all the options
    Thanks for being there
    Think I should change my name to
    SLIM PICKINS ha ha
    nekogirl1 replied to Louise_WebMD_Staff's response:
    I have dieted my whole life. It's like second nature for me. But when I turned 30 this year something changed for me, my mind and body. I know that sounds strange but it did. I was never a calorie counter. I was a carb counter because that was how my body responded to food and diets. I have tried every diet out there. Weight Watchers (and it worked, slowly and surely but it worked and I know they use the calorie counting method). So, I decided that I wanted to do it on my own this time.

    I just wanted to let you know that the 4 steps you mentioned in your post are first of the 4 step you need to take in losing weight effectively. I have a stubborn body so I know. The next step would be to move more. Just going for a walk each day for 10 to 15 minutes is all it takes. You will find that even just that helps and on your own you will want to add to it because you will see the benefits from it.

    But yes, count every calorie you eat and portion size is so important. I never realized how much food I was consuming until I compared my meals to a thin person's portions. I have a few thin people in my life who only eat when they are hungry and eat know when to stop. So, I had a conversation with them one day about portions. I was truly eating for 3 people. Once I started to eat like a "thin" person I started to lose weight and quickly, in a healthy way. It was amazing.

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